Issue 181 of The Superyacht Report is out now and available to purchase, or access online for existing subscribers. In this issue, the brokerage issue, we tackle the subject matter head on via ‘The Brokerage Report’ in the ‘Fleet’ section.

This market sector is stealthy in its publication of key information, but nonetheless, this report unravels trends that certainly put the health of the market into context – and what the fluctuations and permutations tell us about its future. 

Our esteemed ‘industrialist’ for this issue is Nigel Ingram of Marine Construction Management (MCM), who, in his interview with our technical editor, Tim Thomas, offers an inside track on the sailing-yacht market.

With several dozen new construction projects managed and 23 yachts currently under construction, MCM has become synonymous with large sailing yacht construction. In this interview, Ingram imparts his wisdom and says this sector would be lucky to sustain the performance it’s achieving today.

The regional report in this issue, written by our business editor, Rory Jackson and researched during the annual HISWA press tour pilgrimage, focuses on the teamwork among Dutch shipyards for the overall enhancement of their domestic product.

Royal Huisman and Feadship outline how they have achieved increases in efficiency through ‘concurrent engineering’, which allows the design and development of products to run simultaneously. Moreover, it’s the aptitude of the two yards to share their ideas that has ultimately benefitted both of them.

In the ‘Technology’ section, Tim Thomas explores the world of thermal imaging, which has come a long way in recent years, proving to be a useful tool for navigation and security, and is now “saving time and saving money” in new areas of the boat. One of the experts in this article suggests that not having thermal imaging in your kitbag is like “flying an airplane without a compass”.

Wealth editor, Rachel Rowney catches up with the gregarious James ‘Jimmy’ Liautaud, the owner of the 60m Feadship Rock.It, in the ‘Owner’ section. It came as a surprise to many when his yacht, very much a prized possession, was listed for sale earlier this year. In this interview, he explains how he came to make such a decision.

In further dialogue relating to the market for Feadships, in the ‘Buyer’ section, we speak to the esteemed Chris Cecil-Wright of Cecil Wright & Partners, who has forged a tight relationship with the Dutch yard and discusses the benefits of a strong broker–shipyard relationship and how this ultimately benefits the client.

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